Montana’s Fishing Industry Feeling The Impact Of Summer Drought

Streams are shrinking because of heat and drought. In the Rocky Mountains, the attention is on trout fishing, a big part of both the United States’ $1-billion-a-year fly fishing industry and the region’s over $100-billion-a-year outdoor recreation industry. This summer, Montana imposed hoot owl restrictions on fabled trout rivers including the Madison flowing out of…

Missoula District Judge Denies Motion From NorthWestern For Lawsuit

A lawsuit challenging the state’s pre-approval statute can proceed following Missoula District Court Judge Jason Marks’ ruling denying NorthWestern Energy’s motion filed with support from Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and the Montana Public Service Commission to dismiss the lawsuit. At issue is the constitutionality of the state’s pre-approval statute, which allows a utility company…